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Vanessa Amorosi Makes Cyberspace a Better Place Interview

h3VanessaAmorosiMakeCyberspaceaBetterPlaceInterviewh3AustraliansingerandKidsHelplinepatronVanessaAmorosiisbackingaKidsHelplineandOptusinitiativetoimprovetheonlinesafetyofyoungpeoplearoundthenation.brbrMsAmorosijoinedKidsHelplineandOptusrepresentativestotalkaboutTheMakeCyberspaceaBetterPlaceeducationpacksaimedatteachingyoungpeopleaboutinternetsafety.brbrKidsHelplineGeneralManagerWendyProtheroesaideveryAustralianschoolhasstartedtheyearequippedwiththeeducationpackswhichfeatureaseriesoflessonplansandresourcesteacherscanusetohelpstudentsmakesaferchoicesonline.brbrWerecallingonteachersaroundthenationtoembraceSaferInternetDayonTuesdayFebruary7andusethesepacksasawaytostartdiscussionsaboutcybersafetyMsProtheroesaid.brbrWedevelopedthepacksinconjunctionwithourpartnerOptustoincreaseyoungpeoplesawarenessandunderstandingaboutcyberbullyingsextingandgeneralonlinesafety.brbrItiswonderfulthatVanessawhohashadalongrelationshipwithKidsHelplineandispassionateaboutchildrenssafetyissuesishelpingusraiseawarenessaboutthis21stcenturyissue.brbrEachyearKidsHelplineconductsabout2400counsellingsessionsinwhichyoungpeopleareworriedaboutbullyingcyberbullyingorharassmentandweknowthatcyberbullyingimpactsonselfconfidenceselfesteemfriendshipsschoolgradesandfamilyrelationships.brbrMsAmorosiwhowasbulliedasateenageriscommittedtoinitiativesthateducateandempoweryoungpeopletomakesaferandwiserchoices.YoungpeopletodayspendahugeamountoftimeinteractingwithpeopleinonlinecommunitiesandmanydontthinkofpotentialsafetyissuesMsAmorosisaid.brbrBullyinghasalwaysbeenaproblembutwhenitspillsintotheinternetthereisnoescapingit.brbrIthinkitisimportantforyoungpeopletoknowthereareresourcestheycanaccessandstrategiestheycanimplementtomanagecyberbullyingtoremainsafeincyberspaceandtoriseabovethebullies.brbrOptusGroupManagerofSponsorshipandCommunityProgramsJannKohlmansaidforthelast11yearsOptusandKidsHelplinehadworkedtogethertohelpconnectyoungpeopletoessentialcounsellingservices.brbrWhilecommunicationstechnologyopensupaworldofexcitingpossibilitiesOptusiscommittedtopreventingitsmisuseandensuringyoungAustraliansstaycybersafeMsKohlmansaid.brbrConnectingpeopleiswhatwedobestandthiscybersafetyeducationpackisjustonewaywecanhelpensurethatyoungAustraliansconnectandcommunicateresponsibly.brbrTheeducationpackswhichtargetyears3679and1012havebeensenttoallschoolsandcanbedownloadedfromtheKidsHelplinewebsiteatahrefhttpwww.kidshelp.com.autargetblankrelnofollowwww.kidshelp.com.auabrbrimgsrchttpwww.girl.com.augraphicsvanessaamorosi2.jpgalignrightvspace5hspace15bQuestionbWhatistheMakeCyberspaceaBetterPlacecampaignbrbrbVanessaAmorosibKidsHelplineandOptushavecreatedtheMakeCyberspaceaBetterPlacecampaignwhichisapackagecontainingaUSBstickwhichhasgoneouttoeveryschool.TheUSBstickcontainslessonplanssoteacherscanlookandtheneducatekidsaboutwhathappenswithcyberbullyingandeverythingthatsontheweb.Theinformationalsogoeshomewiththekidsaswell.brbrTheMakeCyberspaceaBetterPlacecampaignpackageisveryeducationalandcontainsalotofadviceforparentsaswellaskids.ThecampaignislaunchedonTuesdaythe7thofFebruarybecausethatsInternetSafetyday.brbrbrbQuestionbHowcanparentsbeinvolvedwiththeMakeCyberspaceaBetterPlacecampaignbrbrbVanessaAmorosibKidscanbringtheactivitieshomewhilstparentscanhavealookattheMakeCyberspaceaBetterPlacewebsiteahrefhttpwww.kidshelp.com.augrownupsgettinghelpcyberspacetargetblankrelnofollowwww.kidshelp.com.augrownupsgettinghelpcyberspacea.Thewebsitehasalotofinformationforparentsiftheyaresearchingforanswersorfeelthattheirchildisbeingbullied.brbrbrbQuestionbWhydidyouchoosetojoinforceswithKidsHelplineandOptustolaunchtheMakeCyberspaceaBetterPlacecampaignbrbrbVanessaAmorosibIhavebeenapartofKidsHelplinesinceIwas13assoonasIhadmyfirstsingleoutIjoinedKidsHelpLinetotryandhelpgetKidsHelplineoutintothepublicasmuchasIcould.ThemainreasonIjoinedKidsHelplineisbecauseIgotbulliednonstop.IbelievethatKidsHelplineisaveryusefulresourcewhichisavailable24hours7daysaweek.WhenyourecallingKidsHelplineitisconfidentialandyoucancreatearelationshipwithsomebodyandalwaysspeakwiththatparticularperson.brbrKidsHelplineletsyouknowthatyourenotaloneandthateverybodydealswiththeexactsamething.Eventhepopularpeoplewhoarebullyingyouarebeingbulliedthemselves.brbrbrbQuestionbCanyoutalkaboutbeingavictimofbulliesbrbrbVanessaAmorosibIwasbulliedwaybeforeIhadanysuccessinthemusicindustryIwasbulliedbecausethatswhatkidsdotomakethemselvesfeelcomfortableortosurvivewhatevertheyrenotsurvivingwithatthetime.brbrBullyingisalmosthumannature.Whathasprogressedovertheyearsisthatnowwehavethewebandallthiswonderfultechnologythatnowcomeshomewithyousonotonlydogotoschoolandhavesixhoursofthatifyouarebeingbulliedyoualsogettargetedoutofhours.Bullyingcanbewithyou247anditsscarystuff.brbrbrbQuestionbWhatadvicedoyouhavetosharewithchildrenwhoarebeingseverelybulliedbrbrbVanessaAmorosibIwasacountrygirlwholivedinatownwithapopulationof100peopleandtherewasalotofbullyingthathappenedinthetownandwhowouldhaveeverthoughtthroughallofthatthatIwouldenduphereItraveltheworldIwritesongsandmakerecordspeoplelovemeofcoursetherearepeoplethatstillhateme.ButIwasabletoovercomethebullyingandallofthattogrowtothepersonthatIamtoday.brbrNomatterwhoyouarewhereyoulivewhereyourecomingfromdowhatyoulovedoingandtherestofitwillbehistoryYouwillnotrememberthebulliesasyougetolder.Therearesomanyothergreatthingstobepositiveaboutyoudontneedtofocusonthenegative.brbrbrbQuestionbWhatonlinesafetytipsdoyouhaveforkidswhoarebeingcyberbulliedbrbrbVanessaAmorosibWhathelpedmethroughalotofitwasknowingthatIwasntspecialthateverybodywasbeingbulliedinsomeway.IoftenthoughtthatIwastheonlyonethatpeoplehadnegativethoughtsaboutthatwantedtowriteitonwebsitesorhaddifferentoptionsofwhatIwasaboutortheythoughtIwasthisorthatKnowingthattherewereotherartistsandchildrenatmyagethathadtheexactsamethinggoingonmademethinkIshouldreallygetoveritbecauseothershavehadthesamethingsaidaboutthemobviouslyitsnormal.brbrTherearesomethingsthathappenthatyoudontreallywanttotalktoyourparentsaboutanditdefinitelyhelpstocallKidsHelplinebecauseitsconfidential.IftherearethingsaroundyouthatyoudontwantanyonetoknowevenyourfriendsyoucancallKidsHelplineforadviceandseeifthereisawaytostopsomethingthatishappeningorpreventitfromhappeningagain.brbrbrbQuestionbHowdoyoufeelaboutthesextingcrazeandwhatadvicedoyouhaveforteenagersbrbrbVanessaAmorosibKidsHelplinehasalotofadviceinregardstosexting.FormepersonallyItryandthinkaboutthefuture.Ifyouareabouttodosomethinglikethatyouneedtothinkaboutwhatyouregoingtogaininthefuture.IsthepersonyouaresextinggoingtostayinyourlifeforeverYoucantanswerthatquestionyouhavenoideabecauseweallevolveandchangesomuchovertime.brbrBeforesendingphotographsofyourselfnakedanddoingthosetypesofthingsthinkingitsjustbetweenyouandthepersonyouresendingthemtooorthepersonyoureinlovewithrememberthatlifechangesandweallgotodifferentplacesandyoumaynotbeinlovewiththatpersoninfivetosixyears.brbrYouneverknowwhenrelationshipswillendandyoumayhaveabadbreakupandpeoplemaydothingstohurtyouandthenthatissomethingthatyouwouldhavetolivewithfortherestofyourlife.NakedphotosareleakedforsomanypeoplenowadaysitissosocommonevenfamousstarsIthappensineverybodyslifesoyouneedtothinkalittleharderthanyounormallywouldbeforeyoudoitbrbrbrbQuestionbWhatsnextforyoubrbrbVanessaAmorosibIamconstantlywritingmusicIamheavilyintoproductionandIhavejustbeentouringnonstopIamwrappingupatouratthemoment.ThenIwillbeheadingbacktoAmericantocontinueproductionandwritingrecords.IhavethreeofmyownstudiosoneinAustraliaoneinAmericaandoneinEuropeIdospendalotoftimeinthestates.brbrbrInterviewbyBrookeHunterbrbr


 



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